Designing a Virtual Environment for Management Education: A Learner-Centred Approach
R. Walker, W. Baets, NOTION, The Nyenrode Institute for Knowledge Management and Virtual Educution, Nyenrode University, The Netherlands
Indian Journal of Open Learning Volume 9, Number 3, ISSN 0971-2690 Publisher: Indira Gandhi National Open University
This paper records the experiences of students and faculty following a MBA course in Management Information Systems (MIS), which was delivered using a virtualcourse environment, The environment was designedto support collaborative and skills-based learning for part-time, international students, based in different work locations across Europe. We record the way in which students interacted together using web-based tools for communication andproblem solving. Attention is drawn to the outcomes of using web-based tools for student learning - their impact on student achievement, learning andsatisfaction outside the classroom. We look at the way in which IT supports out-of-class learning processes such as group discussion, collaborative learning and critical reflection. Following on from this, we consider the design of the curriculum for a virtualcourse environment. What types of activities and exercises are suitable for virtual learning, and what impact can they make on student learning? Can a virtual environment support a "learning curriculum", enabling students to shape the learning process and relate course concepts to their own interests and experience? To sum up, the paper offers an insight into the expectations of students towards web-based course delivery, and the different experiences that can emerge from this new approach to learning. The results serve as a case experience, highlighting the potential that a virtual environment possesses in supporting learner-centred instruction.
Walker, R. & Baets, W. (2000). Designing a Virtual Environment for Management Education: A Learner-Centred Approach. Indian Journal of Open Learning, 9(3), 299-318. Indira Gandhi National Open University.